Funniest Person at Colorado State
When Jones was 19, a friend entered her into a "Funniest Person on Campus" contest -- and she won. According to People
, Jones left school to pursue comedy after winning.
In 1987, Jones had her first professional gig. She opened up for Jamie Foxx
-- and bombed.
In 2010, Jones released her first stand-up DVD. The hour-long show, which was taped in front of a live audience, received a 77 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
No Black Comedians on "SNL"
In 2013, SNL cast member, Kenan Thompson
, said that the show didn't have any black women in the cast because in auditions they couldn't "find ones that are ready." Jones fired back: "There’s motherf—in’ three bitches I can call right now, goddammit, that will fill that spot."
"Saturday Night Live"In 2014, Jones joined the show. When she first auditioned in 2013, she was initially selected to be a writer.
Jones had a small part in Chris Rock
's "Top Five," in which a few comedians hurl insults at each other. “That was the best scene in the movie, and Leslie was the best part of it,” Rock told the New Yorker.
"Ghostbusters"Jones starred in the all-female remake of the classic 1984 film. The announcement of the comedy was met with sexist comments criticizing the film for casting all women.
Milo Yiannopoulos ReviewA review by Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos criticized Jones' character for having “flat-as-a-pancake black stylings.” He was later banned from Twitter.
Twitter AttacksAfter the review, Twitter users began attacking the comedian with racist tweets. “OK, I have been called Apes, sent pics of their asses, even got a pic with semen on my face. I’m tryin to figure out what human means. I’m out,” wrote Jones.
Twitter ExitFollowing the slew of racist attacks, the comedian decided to leave the social media platform on July 18.
Twitter ComebackOn July 21, Jones returned to Twitter.
Olympic Twitter CorrespondantJones' Twitter commentary landed her in Rio. NBC invited her to join their Olympics team and help cover the games.
HackedThis week, hackers took over the comedian's personal Tumblr website and posted nude photos, images of her passport and ID as well as her phone number and password to her Twitter account.